Globalia launches freight forwarder network

The freight forwarding sector’s latest network, the Globalia Logistics Network, has been launched. The network began operations with 52 member companies in 74 cities across 56 countries.

Founder Antonio Torres, who launched the Conqueror freight network in 2010, said: “We are really pleased to be launching with this exceptional group of founding companies. Each has successfully gone through our strict selection process and been audited and approved by Dun & Bradstreet.

 “I truly believe that the only way to really know whether a company is financially stable is through a third-party examination which only 10% of applicants pass. I carry out the same application process in my other network, Conqueror. Like Conqueror, we offer each member exclusivity in their city, operating in delimited territories with no overlapping and therefore no competition.”

He added: “As you can see from our numbers, we still have some way to go to be the same as Conqueror but we have made a good start; size is not everything, the main priority for every network should be the quality of its membership, not the size of it.”

The network’s launch comes at the end of a significant year for the industry where freight forwarders experienced many challenges including cargo delays caused by the collapse of the Korean shipper Hanjin, new SOLAS regulations and Brexit.

“It is more important than ever for freight forwarders to come together and be part of a network; it’s lonely out there for companies when they face challenges at every turn. Networks should be offering support and assistance to their members and I am proud to say that Globalia and my team will be offering members assistance every which way we can.”

Torres continued: “We would welcome applications from those companies who although not the largest in their city, are the most secure, professional and knowledgeable; especially those whose current network isn’t working for them.”